Working with fellow students outside of the classroom toward a common goal or passion is an integral part of the college experience. At UNE, you’ll find no shortage of other students who share your commitment to sustainability. In fact, the University supports a variety of student clubs and organizations that enable you to make friends and, simultaneously, make a difference. UNE’s Environmental Council, while not strictly a student club, offers another great way for environmentally minded students to connect to one another — as well as to faculty and professional staff who are devoted to sustainable practices at UNE.
Earth's E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Organization) is dedicated to making UNE an environmentally aware university through various educational endeavors. Composed of students from many majors, the club works to inform and engage the community in activities related to the environment and raise concerns about issues such as pollution and climate change, while also encouraging people to experience nature in order to better appreciate its beauty and become passionate about its protection. Earth's E.C.O. sponsors guest speakers and hosts many activities during Earth Month.
The Aquaponics Club provides learning and leadership opportunities within the School of Marine Programs' student-managed Aquaponics Lab. The club is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of systems within the lab space and for tending to the fish and plants around which the systems are centered. Club members receive hands-on experience with the plumbing and infrastructure required for recirculating aquaculture systems as well as Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training on how to properly care for the fish in the system in compliance with federal regulations. The club's efforts culminate in the sale of edible plants at the Edible Campus Markets, held twice a year to augment the UNE Edible Campus Initiative.
Honeybee Conservation Club
The Honeybee Conservation Club is dedicated to promoting and organizing educational and hands-on learning activities related to honeybee conservation and bee-keeping skills. The club works with other environmentally oriented student organizations, such as Earth’s E.C.O. and the Edible Campus Initiative, to maintain two healthy bee colonies at UNE and contribute to UNE’s overall sustainability efforts.
Marine and Environmental Programs Club
The Marine and Environmental Programs Club gives students an opportunity to explore the various aspects of and become more involved and familiar with UNE’s marine and environmental academic programs by connecting club members with faculty and other resources. The club provides opportunities for first-year/underclass marine and environmental programs students to connect with upperclass marine and environmental programs students; for all marine and environmental programs students to connect with professors to learn about research opportunities, internships/job opportunities, all aspects of the marine and environmental programs and available resources, such as tutoring, and how to build resumes; and to host events/community service projects related to marine and environmental issues.
The Ocean Club promotes and organizes marine science events and environmental and ocean awareness campaigns, thereby creating a community of those who love the ocean and the animals that reside in it. One does not need to be a Marine Science major to join. All that is required is a love of the sea. The club holds educational events, movie nights, craft activities, whale watching events, and more.